Perk up Your Popcorn

How do you improve on something as perfect as popcorn? With cracked black pepper, maple syrup, spices, herbs, lemon zest, dried fruits or nuts, of course! Here are 10 wow-worthy flavored popcorn combinations.

Foolproof Stovetop Popcorn

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Hooray! You’ve mastered making the ultimate snack — popcorn. (If not, give this fast and easy Foolproof Stovetop Popcorn recipe opens in a new tab a whirl.) Your buttered popcorn has no burnt kernels and disappears in minutes. You’ve also topped it with nutritional yeast or Parmigiano Reggiano. And now, you’re looking to really impress with creative combinations. Cracked black pepper, molasses, Spanish smoked paprika, dried herbs, cranberries, pecans — add-ins are only limited by your imagination!

Here are a few crowd-pleasing combinations for your next game-watching party, move night at home or kids’ soccer tournament (the other parents will thank you for sharing with them).

Experiment with amounts by starting small and adding more until the desired flavor is achieved. Enjoy!

Italian Zinger. Grated Parmigiano Reggiano + lemon zest + chopped fresh thyme.

Bee Sting. Honey + crushed red chile flakes + toasted almond slices.

Tropical Confetti. Melted coconut oil + freeze-dried fruit (strawberries, mangoes or blueberries) + coconut flakes.

Sticky Fingers. Maple syrup + peanut butter powder + cocoa powder.

Seeds and Weeds. Sesame oil + black and white sesame seeds + crushed seaweed snacks.

Hungry for more inspiration? Here are a few more favorites.

Blue Cheese Herb Popcorn
Popcorn Party Mix
Sweet and Smoky Popcorn and Nut Mix
Honey-Garlic Popcorn
Almond-Smoked Paprika Popcorn Packets

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Sweet? Savory? Spicy? How do you like to perk up your popcorn? Share your favorite add-ins and combinations in the comments below.

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